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Resources for Teachers - African Music

Resources for Teachers - African Music

Textbooks
Teaching Materials (Elementary Grades through College)
Resources on African Music for Teachers
Sources of Books, Videos, Curriculum Materials, & Recordings on World Music

Textbooks

Bebey, Francis. African Music: A People's Art. Translated by Josephine Bennett. Westport, Conn.: Lawrence Hill & Co., 1975.

Kebede, Ashenafi. Roots of Black Music. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1982.

Nketia, J. H. Kwabena. The Music of Africa. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1974.

Roberts, John Storm. Black Music of Two Worlds. Rev. ed. New York: Schirmer Books, 1998. ISBN 0-02-864929-X. (Covers the African Diaspora.)

Stone, Ruth M., ed. The Garland Handbook of African Music. New York: Garland Publishing, 2000. ISBN 0-8153-3473-7. With CD. (Articles from The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music compiled for use as a textbook.)


Teaching Materials (Elementary Grades through College)

Adzinyah, Abraham Kobena, Dumisani Maraire, and Judith Cook Tucker. Let Your Voice Be Heard! Songs from Ghana and Zimbabwe. Danbury, Conn.: World Music Press, 1986. With cassette. (Elementary grades.)

Amoaku, W. K. African Songs and Rhythms for Children: A Selection from Ghana. New York: Schott Music, 1971. With cassette. (Elementary grades.)

Jessup, Lynne. All Hands On!: An Introduction to West African Percussion Ensembles. Rev. ed. Danbury, Conn.: World Music Press, 1996.

Jessup, Lynne. The Mandinka Balafon: An Introduction with Notation for Teaching. La Mesa, Calif,: Xylo Publications, 1983. With two cassettes.

Kwami, Robert Mawuena. African Songs for School and Community: A Selection from Ghana. New York: Schott, 1998. (Elementary grades.)

Locke, David. Drum Damba: Talking Drum Lessons. Crown Point, Ind.: White Cliffs Media, 1990.

Locke, David. Drum Gahu: A Systematic Method for an African Percussion Piece. Crown Point, Ind.: White Cliffs Media, 1987. With cassettes. (High school level, but can be simplified for K-8.)

Locke, David. Kpegisu: A War Drum of the Ewe. Tempe, Ariz.: White Cliffs Media, 1992. Cassette and videocassette also available.

Serwadda, W. Moses. Songs and Stories from Uganda. Transcribed and edited by Hewitt Pantaleoni. Danbury, Conn.: World Music Press, 1987. With cassette. (Elementary grades.)


Resources on African Music for Teachers

Anderson, William M. and Patricia Shehan Campbell. Multicultural Perspectives in Music Education. Reston, Va.: Music Educators National Conference, 1989. (Middle/high school level. Includes lesson plans.)

Broughton, Simon, Ellingham, Mark, and Lusk, Jon, compilers. The Rough Guide to World Music: Africa & Middle East. Part 1: Africa. 3rd ed. London: Rough Guides, 2006. (Emphasis on popular music; arranged by country.)

George, Luvenia A. Teaching the Music of Six Different Cultures. Rev. and updated ed. Danbury, Conn.: World Music Press, 1987. With cassette. (Intended for teachers through high school level.)

Gibson, Gloria J. and Reed, Daniel B. Music and Culture of West Africa: The Straus Expedition. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002. 2 CD-ROMs. ISBN 0-253-33832-8. (Interprets archival photographs, recordings and documents from an anthropological expedition to West Africa in 1934. For grades 8-12, college.)

Graham, Ronnie. Stern's Guide to Contemporary African Music. London: Zwan Publications, 1988. ( Reprinted in the United States as The Da Capo Guide to Contemporary African Music. New York: Da Capo Press, 1988.)

Graham, Ronnie. The World of African Music. Stern's Guide to Contemporary African Music, vol. 2. London: Pluto Press; Chicago: Research Associates, 1992.

Gray, John. African Music: A Bibliographical Guide to the Traditional, Popular, Art, and Liturgical Musics of Sub-Saharan Africa. New York: Greenwood Press, 1991.

Herbst, Anri; Nzewi, Meki; and Agawu, Kofi, eds. Musical Arts in Africa: Theory, Practice and Education. Pretoria, South Africa: Unisa Press, 2003. Kit includes book, CD and videocassette. ISBN 1-86888-279-9.

The JVC/Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of Africa. Washington: Smithsonian Folkways, 1996. Three videocassettes.

Lems-Dworkin, Carol. African Music: A Pan-African Annotated Bibliography. New York: Hans Zell Publishers, 1991.

Lems-Dworkin, Carol. Videos of African and African-Related Performance: An Annotated Bibliography. Evanston, Ill.: The Author, 1996. ISBN 0-9637048-0-X. Order from: Carol Lems-Dworkin, Box 1646, Evanston, IL 60204-1646.

Stone, Ruth, ed. Africa. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 1.New York: Garland Publishing, 1998. With CD.


Sources of Books, Videos, Curriculum Materials, and Recordings on World Music

Multicultural Media
56 Browns Mill Road
Berlin, VT 05602
(802) 223-1294
www.multiculturalmedia.com

Music of the World
P.O. Box 3620
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-3620
(888) 264-6689
www.rootsworld.com/rw/motw/

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
955 West L'Enfant Plaza, Suite 7300
Washington, DC 20560-0953
(202) 287-3262
www.si.edu/folkways

White Cliffs Media
c/o Pathway Book Service
4 White Brook Road
Gilsum, NH 03448
(800) 345-6665
www.wcmedia.com

World Music Institute
49 West 27th Street, Suite 810
New York, NY 10001
(212) 545-7536
www.heartheworld.org

World Music Press
P.O. Box 2565
Danbury, CT 06813
(800) 810-2040
www.worldmusicpress.com